Dawicke Law
Jason E. Dawicke, Attorney at Law
Dawicke Law
P.O. Box 663
Lewis Center, OH 43035

National Origin Discrimination

Post 9/11 America has become increasingly hostile towards minority ethnicities within the workplace as reflected in the dramatic increase in national origin discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the EEOC, national origin discrimination means treating someone less favorably because he or she comes from a particular place, because of his or her ethnicity or accent, or because it is believed that he or she has a particular ethnic background. National origin discrimination also means treating someone less favorably at work because of marriage or other association with someone of a particular nationality.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and corresponding Ohio law prohibit employers from taking adverse employment action against employees because of their national origin or ethnicity. Importantly, Title VII protects all employees, regardless of national origin. Therefore, if you can demonstrate that your employer made decisions adversely affecting your employment based on your national origin or ethnicity rather than the merits of your work, you may have a national origin discrimination claim. In addition, Title VII prohibits harassment based on national origin or ethnicity.

National origin discrimination manifests itself in several ways. Accent discrimination, English fluency, and English-only rules are just a few of the ways in which employers discriminate on the basis of national origin or ethnicity.

If you feel that you have been subjected to some form of national origin discrimination, please complete the following form fields:

All fields are required
Full Name:
Phone Number:
Email Address (if none, enter N/A):
Preferred Method of Contact:
Employer at Issue:
National Origin:
Form of adverse action suffered
(i.e. fired, laid off, demoted, etc.):
Date(s) of adverse action:
Please provide a brief description as to why you feel that you were discriminated against based on your national origin:
What reason(s) do you anticipate that your employer will offer as justification for taking the adverse action against you?
Submission of this form does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Upon review of your responses, I may offer to represent you. Unless and until you receive a signed letter from me confirming representation, I have not agreed to represent you. In addition, submission of this form does not relieve you from complying with all applicable statutory deadlines required for filing your claim(s) with the appropriate agency or court.